The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.

Ride comfort, cabin quietness and interior fit and finish are all impressive. The rear seat has gained a little breathing room over the years, but it's still tight and some controls remain needlessly complicated.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (180 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (425 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS sensor died."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle control module was finally replaced after 3rd visit. Tire pressure was good per air gauge but low on car computer. Could not rest. C 2nd car went into limp home mode and traction control kicked in not letting the car to accelerate at normal rate on dry pavement. 3rd visit was the tire pressure system"

Anonymous, NC (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Calipers

"Replaced after rotors were turned."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"i had to change the master cylinders and i consider it may be unusual after 30000 km according to my own experience"

Anonymous, QC (2015 BMW 3 Series)
Normal routine brake wear

"rear break pads and sensors need to be replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, NC (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During routine service, dealer recommended brake replacement based on inspection of the vehicle. No performance issues were noticed but we did the brake replacement as advised."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"early brake changes for a car of this reputation"

Anonymous, QC (2015 BMW 3 Series)

"In additiont to premature brake wear there was a malfunction that necessitated a total rear wheel brake replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"already wrote a message on this"

Anonymous, QC (2015 BMW 3 Series)

"2 years into owning the car the dealership told me I needed to replace my rotors and brake calipers. I've never tracked my car. I've never owned a vehicle that required brakes to be changed so early in it's life. This car was the M-performance model with the performance brakes."

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"For the second time time lease of the vehicle I needed to replace a pair of brake rotors and pads. The first time it was covered by BMW, the second time (different pair) I had to pay for this"

Gregg H., ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"There was a defect in one rear brake that required a new brake, rotor, and some manual repair."

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front right brakes vibrating so had to go to dealer immediately to ???They Kept the car for a day. Replaced pads. Rotors replaced due to "excessive grooves". I refused caliperreplacement ,as upon questioning, I was told they were ok. They also told me the rear pads were 5mm and the rotors rusted. Left them as is. This was paid for under v. Expensive extended warrantee. Glad I had it."

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors rusted. It was a very low mileage vehicle which may have caused this condition in conjunction with the metals used for the 2015 rotors. Dealer corrected under warranty and also replaced the pads."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Very loud brakes at low temperatures. BMW champered the brakes and problems solved."

Anonymous, ND (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brake/s were squealing at low speeds that was fixed under warranty by dealership"

Prashanth R., TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When braking at speeds over 50 mph the brake system feels like I'm driving over rumble strips and there's vibration"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The 3 series M brakes are very squeaky below 50 degrees."

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The front distance sensors have been repaired/replaced twice in the last year"

Kelly V., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"BMW has had to replace all of my cameras and parking sensors 3 times"

Zac W., TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Persistent problem with insensitive or over sensitive blind spot detection despite numerous adjustments and hardware replacements. Still glitchy. Extremely frustrating for a high end vehicle. My wife's Rav 4 by comparison performs impeccably"

Anonymous, ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"While using IDrive GPS and CD player, screen went blank and system reset after 1 to 2 minutes"

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera not always on when needed, too busy telling you not to read screen when driving., which is a huge annoyance"

Steven K., OH (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Integration with the Apple iPhone is awful, downright terrible. BMW completely unable to play podcasts. Pandora interface is klunky at best. A real, real disappointment overall"

Anonymous, MA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Hardware replacement

"the head unit contains the radio, cd player, blutooth, navigation system. it would freeze and reboot while driving. also wouldnt store cds into the on board memory. was fixed under warranty by replacing the whole head unit. The cost would have been 3000 had it not been under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"the GPS system is too complicated to operate. We have to use our cell phone GPS to navigate"

Damon W., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series)

"Cannot understand how to set up the GPS- have taken two classes and still don't understand it."

Damon W., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series)

"The bmw app to gps system never works. It's called bmw connect. It never worked!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"We have never figured out how to use this system- having taken a few classes, so now my wife uses her cell phone system for GPS"

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 3 Series Unsure)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Samsung Galaxy S5 originalhy synched phone book with iDrive system using bluettooth. After three weeks, the pairing became erratic and the phone book data stopped synching except immediately after unpairing and re-pairing"

Michael R., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Every so often, our iPhones won't connect to the car, and we have to remove the connections from both phone and car to resolve."

Anonymous, NC (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Often won't sync with iPhone for phone book recognition or music / audiobook playback in Bluetooth mode"

Anonymous, ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Have sometimes lost the presets for the radio. Once it wouldn't work at all. Usually when the presets disappear they come back, but not always"

John F., CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Not sure this is a defect or a design issue, but only stations in the AM radio band between 680 khz and 1200 khz appear on pick list, call letters and program information do not appear for most stations, and sound quality is very poor"

Michael R., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Radio plays sometimes when on the phone"

Anonymous, ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Does not always understand what the destination I have asked for. I speak distinctly and clearly, but it still fails. Same comments as I made with my E300 M-B"

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"The cruise control suddenly put the car in a mode where it accelerated rapidly requiring the brakes to be applied and the cruise control feature turned off whenever the speed set up/down toggle was used. The problem turned out to be due to a sticking switch on the steering wheel."

William C., MA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I had to issues, one of the parking lights is not working. Also had another issue where the error message showed Transmission Malfunction. It took one week and finally they said to replace the battery."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The housing until for the right front blinker failed"

Anonymous, ND (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Right rear LED taillight assembly stopped working and was replaced under warranty."

Brian C., OR (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Parking lamp went out."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Technician replaced bulb. Simple one time fix"

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Headlight replacement is time consuming and expensive for what you get."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Horn

"Known service issue loaded up in BMW's computer system. A driver started to pull out in front of me. Horn didn't work and had to take evasive action in pouring down rain. Car responded great in terms of emergency handling"

Anonymous, NC (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry worked, but would not allow car to start without several tries"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The doors would open from the inside on occasion caused by a sensor. It was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Blind spot detector going off randomly on drivers side and often not detecting on the passengers side. Despite numerous attempts BMW still hasn’t fixed the drivers side problem"

Anonymous, ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light come on and go off without rhyme or reason. The dealer has never had an explanation for this problem"

Anonymous, LA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The engine light turns on, once in a while, and then after turning the engine off and on it was off"

Carlos S., FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wipers don't come on when the windshield washers spray about 80% of the time. They do come on automatically intermittently"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Recall notice that engine may catch fire if diesel soot collects on the manifold"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"Vehicle started running rough one day upon cranking. Trip to dealership and check up, revealed 2 injectors bad. Always used proper fuel. Had to spend $1500 to replace all injectors. Would have thought they would have lasted longer than 61000 miles. Also surprisingly, after hitting a pot hole in road, the left front headlight assembly mounting bracket broke costing over $600 to replace. No other damage to vehicle other than front end alignment"

Dennis S., AL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Injector failure"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed in less than 40,000 miles. Very poor reliability. In addition, when the car does not start, it is locked in park and you are unable to move the car out of the roadway."

Anonymous, CO (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pump failed on freeway"

Anonymous, OR (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The dealer had to replace the high pressure fuel pump, fuel assembly, all fuel lines and fuel tank assembly. Because we live in CA, there was no cost. Otherwise, it would have cost us $10K!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warning light only, it was actually a particulate sensor which has since gotten a class warranty extension"

Chuck J., SC (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Had to take the car to the dealer twice. On the second time, they properly diagnosed and replaced the sensor. They also went above and beyond in trying to get it done in one day. Kudos to BMW service department!"

Anonymous, WA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The sensor light came on. We took it to the dealer. They fixed it. (Covered under warranty.) Then it came on once again but went off on its own. No problem since."

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"there was a recall for possible overheating. Car was checked and nothing was found, although I explained it often had a burning smell( which was one of the symptoms)"

Anonymous, DE (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"They had to be reset"

Anonymous, PA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C had a bad smell they are still trying to figure out"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Twice had issues with the thermometer which seemed to impact the AC unit as well. AC stopped working and car would show 120+ degrees outdoors. It was fixed by the dealer."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"compressor overheated and quit after running 2 hours"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Automatic climate control

"After about one hour use of air conditioner it no longer produced cold air, but needed to be turned off for about an hour before it would work again."

Niels K., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System stoppd working because one or more air filters was clogged. No warning system to indicate this needed attention."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Evaporator iced up, causing loss of cabin cooling. A re-program of the temperature at which the de-icing feature kicks in (i.e. compressor shut-off) was a hidden recall item and a known fix, but the dealer never told me that it was available until I researched it myself. I had to pay full cost for the re-program, and I'm not happy about that."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Electrical plug was not connected"

Anonymous, AL (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Had no A/C due to blower fan needing replacement. Strange b/c I live in a cold climate and rarely use the A/C."

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blower motor for the climate control starting to make a loud whirling noise. BMW warranty covered the replacement"

Logan S., CO (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"A/C failed during highway trip. Comes on and off for no apparent reason. Dealer fixed free of charge"

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Broken tubing resulted in 4 refills/repairs of AC system until the tube was found and replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rain water can enter through the rear driver-side door or window."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Both cooling lines to and from the turbocharger leak coolant. Driven lightly with 5k annual miles, we got low coolant warning every two months. Now topping up a biweekly basis. Also the wiper fluid line going to the left headlight leaks and empties out the whole reservoir. This vehicle started having these problems right after the warranty period was over but the odometer was still under 22k miles."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I had a leak in the roof window after heavy rain. Was told that the drains were blocked. They were cleaned and tested and I have had no problem since. The car is often outside overnight , so I now will check the drains more often"

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door seal on drivers side front leaked"

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"brakes, heat shields collect stones or debris causing noise, also interior vibration around the back rear window specifically under hard acceleration"

Richard H., ON (2015 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeal when car is first driven in the morning. problem goes away shortly there after"

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Horrible rumbling of all windows of Msport 335. Car under warranty but could not get fixed. BMW refuses to replace door trim seals but offered 50% coverage. Really bad noise that makes car distracting to drive. Started around 20k miles. Very bad and upsetting!!!!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Dashboard rattle, near radio and vents"

Anonymous, OR (2015 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"This generation of cars has a problem with rattles from the dash area as well as door seals and other trim. Even loaners that I get have these problems. Dealer has not been able to address these to my satisfaction and I have given up"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"a very annoying grating sound intermittently from the rear hub - sound like rocks scraping metal - we were advised that pebbles get stuck in the brake shield"

Anonymous, HI (2015 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Noticed smoke coming from exhaust when started cold. Was told could be leak in turbo charger. Turned out needed new engine"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car wasn't running smoothly. Needed a new engine. Was just out of warranty but BMW replaced it paying most of the cost. Our cost was less than 15% of the total."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"VANOS bolts broke / came loose. Car went into “limp” mode and phoned dealership. Fixed under warranty."

Hal F., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Wastegate actuator failure for both turbochargers resulting in a chronic Check Engine warning."

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series None 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo Charger developed a leak 8 months ago in the intercooler. BMW replaced the failed intercooler within two weeks. No charge."

Anonymous, OK (2015 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Air intake hose to mass air flow sensor failure. check engine light on, intake hose assembly replacement"

Anonymous, PR (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"The car made a loud whistling noise when the engine was running. I took the car in. They said they tightened everything they could in the engine and exhaust systems and the problem went away"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exhaust manifold

"See previous comment re: recall. BMW has no fix so I am driving a car that may catch fire. I have filed a complaint with the NHTSA, they have not initiated an investigation of BMW"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Other/unsure

"Online Widgets!"

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The airbag light came on. BMW replaced the sensor under warranty."

Kevin J., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Originally fixed with software upgrade. But a year later, the rear differential had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MN (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Differential

"BMW replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

"Replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"At 9200 miles the car required alignment. Alignment not covered on a new car under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear tire wear is horrible. 4 wheel alignment is terrible. Rear tires wear excessively and quickly on both rear tires. Right side is worse. Multiple shops including 2 BMW dealerships have aligned. But, both BMW dealerships advised this is an inherent problem"

Anonymous, AL (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"Replaced front axle leaking thrust rod bushings"

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Front windshield developed large rack without being hit by rock, etc"

Kelly V., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof shattered while driving. BMW fixed under warranty"

Charles G., AZ (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Seat controls - movement

"Passenger power seat failed. Required 3 trips to dealer to repair"

Charles H., CA (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Just a simple case of the "check engine" light coming on, necessitating a service visit and a download of the latest engine firmware from BMW. Nothing was wrong with the car, the software had to be revised"

Anonymous, MA (2015 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Oil leaks

"The valve cover in N20 engines are made of some sort of polymer, and all the seals are made of some sort of plastic which lead to cracks and leakage. It's unbelievable that BMW chose these problematic materials and made the valve cover an expensive to replace consumable part. You can't successfully change the valve cover seal only, since every other seal on the cover leaks before the valve cover seal, and it is simpler and cheaper to replace it as a whole assembly. The part is $1200 before labor."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Plastic trim on bottom of windshield is cracking and getting sun baked after just 3 years. I sure expected better quality."

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"A rattle developed inside the cabin towards the back of the sit or the roof. Vehicle was taken to dealership and problem was fixed but it came back again after a few months."

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"A sensor in the radiator failed. Could not replace sensor has to replace the complete radiator for $2K."

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Check engine light came on. Covered under parts warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Thecoil in one cylinder failed, and when repaired, the service advisor told us we would see additional colis fai. The second failure resulted in replacements of all 6 coils. No recurrence of the problem since."

John P., FL (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"does not start when push start"

Anonymous, ON (2015 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Often in the third year of owning the vehicle the transmission wouldn't shift out of reverse into drive instead either staying in reverse or resting in neutral."

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At 14000 miles. Had to get a new transmission"

Zac W., TX (2015 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
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